Time to convince the powers that be.
The 2021 GMC Hummer EV is expected to debut in the very near future, though General Motors has yet to announce an official date. From the few brief teaser images we've seen, it's clear the reborn hardcore off-roader will retain many of the original's aggressive and boxy design traits, notably the overall front grille styling. All told, the reborn Hummer will produce 1,000 lb-ft of torque, a 0-60 mph time of 3 seconds flat, and an expected 400-mile range on a single charge. That output alone indicates the Hummer EV will be an extremely capable vehicle and combined with GMC's off-road know-how, well, only more good things can happen.
Not surprisingly, GM Defense, a subsidiary of GM charged with developing and building military products, has taken note of the electrified Hummer and already has a potential customer in mind: the US military.
Speaking with GM Authority, GM Defense President David Albritton made clear his excitement for such a deal. "GM has announced that it is coming out with a [GMC] Hummer battery-electric truck in 2021. It's a full-size truck with 400 miles of range, 1,000 foot-pounds of torque, a very highly-capable vehicle. That could provide a great base platform for an electric vehicle to be used in the military context," he said.
At present, no deal has been made, but Albritton added that "we'd like to position ourselves as a company that can provide those kinds of capabilities when they're needed [by the client]."
Just last month, GM Defense announced it had won a huge contract from the US government to build the next-generation Infantry Squad Vehicle (ISV). All told, the deal is valued at $213.4 million. The ISV, however, is not an EV, but rather powered by same 2.8-liter Duramax inline-four turbo-diesel with 186 hp available in the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2. In fact, the ISV shares the Colorado's general architecture and has about 90 percent off-the-shelf parts such as Chevrolet Performance suspension components.
For now, GM Defense and the US military are likely to be holding some early discussions about yet another deal. Whatever happens there, be assured the "civilian" Hummer EV will arrive sometime next year.